Keir GoGwilt was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and grew up in New York City. As a violinist he has performed concerti with orchestras including the Chinese National Symphony, the Orquesta Filarmonica de Santiago, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival Orchestra. He has performed as a soloist with the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Sinfonia and members of A Far Cry, and has stepped in to workshop a new violin concerto by Anna Clyne with the Chicago Civic Orchestra. As a recitalist and chamber musician he has played at festivals including the Spoleto Festival in Italy, Rockport Chamber Music, the Luminato Festival, Yellow Barn, and Taos.
GoGwilt has worked closely with a number of composers including Tan Dun, Tobias Picker (recording of violin and chamber music released with Tzadik Records), and Matthew Aucoin. Together with Aucoin, they have given lecture-recitals on poetry and music at Fordham University, the Scottish Poetry Library, and the Peabody Essex Museum. Several violin pieces have emerged from their collaborations, including “Poem,” “Celan Fragments,” and a new violin sonata to be premiered in 2017.
GoGwilt graduated from Harvard University with high honors in 2013 and was awarded the Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts. In addition to performing, he writes about techniques and templates for musical reproduction. His critical and creative explorations have led to projects such as a recital integrating experimental poetry, a pop-up reading and performance at the Birch Aquarium “Climate Change News Report Room,” and a collaboration with dancer Bobbi Jene Smith involving structured improvisations.
GoGwilt has collaborated with musicians including Anthony Roth Costanzo, Robert Levin, Charles Curtis, Anthony Burr, and Erik Carlson, and has served as acting associate concert master of the Canadian Opera Company. He has studied violin with Lewis Kaplan, Christian Tetzlaff, Ute Hasenauer, Benjamín Ramírez, and poetry and philosophy with Helen Vendler, Jorie Graham, Chris Hasty, and John Hamilton.